An interesting encounter happened to me earlier this week at the grocery store that reminded me about a show I heard on XM radio about a week ago. The subject of the show: smiling. The host was wondering why people just don't smile anymore. Is it because of too much stress or unhappiness? The host went on to say that she tries smiling even when she is angry, miserable, upset, unhappy and/or depressed. And it makes a world of difference in her outlook for the day.
So, of course, I tried it. I sometimes get comments like; "you look mean, you look sad, you look angry or you look depressed." You can imagine my reaction, if I could boot people, I would. But, I'm in a different place now, so I'm trying the smiling thing. Let me tell you, it works. I wasn't a smiling fool by any means, that's just not me. But, if someone looks at me, I smile and in some cases, I say, "Hello." People's reactions are awesome. A couple of them did ignore me, but it didn't change my outlook for the day.
Now, let me share the "encounter" I wrote about earlier that happened at the grocery story. Here is what smiling can, also, get you. A guy was shopping and his cart was blocking the aisle. As I was going around the guy, I smiled at him and said, "excuse me." You know what his replied was, "oh, oh, I'm sorry I'm married." I replied back, "What? Ok, good for you." As I rolled my cart to the end of the aisle, I realized what he said. I turned around, looked at the guy and started laughing. The guy turned beet red, speed up and rounded the corner.
Try smiling today and see what happens to you!